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The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has confirmed the first wave of official campaign and media partners to join its 2016-17 pan-European campaign, Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. The network of official campaign partners is made up of European and international companies and organisations representing a variety of sectors including employers’ and workers’ federations, technology platforms, non-governmental organisations and multinationals.
Today in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. Focusing on sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce, the campaign provides a timely reminder that the younger workers of today are the older workers of tomorrow.
The 2016–17 Healthy Workplaces Campaign has four key objectives:
- promoting sustainable work and healthy ageing from the start of the working life;
- preventing health problems throughout the working life;
- providing ways for employers and workers to manage occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce;
- and encouraging the exchange of information and good practice.
Why is this campaign so important?
The European workforce is ageing. Retirement ages are rising and working lives are likely to become longer.
Working is good for physical and mental health, and good management of occupational safety and health increases productivity and efficiency. Demographic change can cause problems, but ensuring a sustainable working life helps to meet those challenges.
- Campaign launch, April 2016
- European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work, October 2016 and 2017
- Presentation of the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards, April 2017
- Healthy Workplace Summit, November 2017
There are also many smaller events throughout the campaign. Get in touch to find out about workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.
Who can take part? How can you get involved?
The campaign is open to individuals as well as organisations of all sizes in all sectors, including small and medium-sized enterprises. These can be, among others:
- managers, supervisors and workers;
- trade unions and safety and health representatives;
- OSH and HR professionals;
- professional associations;
- and providers of training and education.
You are encouraged to:
- pass on campaign materials;
- organise activities and events;
- use the age management tools;
- take part in the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards;
- join the European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work of 2016 and 2017;
- become an official or national campaign partner;
- follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media.
As of its official launch in April 2016, many resources are available on the dedicated campaign website at www.healthy-workplaces.eu, such as:
- reports and case studies on managing OSH in the context of an ageing workforce
- a practical e-guide to managing occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce;
- PowerPoint presentations, leaflets, posters and other campaign materials;
- information on the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards;
- and animated videos.
The aim of the European Parliament was to investigate ways of improving health and safety at work considering the challenges of an ageing workforce and to assist policy development in this area. The project carried out by the agency provides a comprehensive overview of issues related to ageing, work, and OSH and an analysis of policies and initiatives addressing the ageing of the workforce across Europe. The project also took account of Eurofound research on sustainable work.
An interactive visual presentation of key-results of the project is available, including data on demographics, employment, working conditions, and health, as well as examples of OSH and related policies across Europe addressing the challenges of an ageing workforce.
Reports produced under the project:
Safer and healthier work at any age - Final overall analysis report – the report combines the findings of the project and includes policy pointers and recommendations aimed at different levels and types of audience.
THE AGEING WORKFORCE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR OSH
The ageing workforce: implications for occupational safety and health - A research review. Based on desk research that reviewed existing information regarding the topics.
POLICIES, STRATEGIES AND PROGRAMMES
Analysis report on EU and Member States policies, strategies and programmes on population and workforce ageing – the report addresses the challenges of an ageing workforce in the field of OSH and policy areas that affect it, such as employment and social affairs, public health and education.
REHABILITATION AND RETURN TO WORK
Research review on rehabilitation and return to work – carried out by means of desk research to provide an overview summary of knowledge and recommendations in the field
In-depth description of 9 case studies on rehabilitation/return to work programmes – the descriptions include views of experts, stakeholders or those taking part in them.
THE NATIONAL PICTURE
Safer and healthier work at any age - Country inventories - the information was gathered through desk research by national experts in each country and supplemented by discussion groups organised with OSH intermediaries and experts in ten Member States
GOOD PRACTICES AND RESOURCES
Safer and healthier work at any age: an analysis of workplace good practice and needs for support – the report summarises the findings from the case studies and the qualitative research.
24 case studies of workplace good practices – the case studies include experiences of those involved in the actions and views and needs of small businesses.
A stakeholder conference, held on the 22nd of September 2015 in Brussels, presented the main findings and conclusions from the project to an audience of Member States and European level policy makers.
This project supports the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016-2017 “Healthy workplaces for all ages” providing background information for the Campaign.